"THE FINAL COUNTDOWN"
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN - The title track has been the last song on many a New Year's Eve night playlist. Based around a simple keyboard riff it became a huge hit around the globe with Joey Tempest's powerful vocals and the virtuoso guitar strumming at around 5 minutes added to the song's legendary status.
ROCK THE NIGHT - This was re-worked and a more polished version from the previous "Wings of Tomorrow" album. Classic 80s Rock sing-a-long akin with anything Bon Jovi had previously done a year earlier. Top track.
CARRIE - Like Jon Bon Jovi, Joey can also deliver an anthemic emotional Rock ballad. Really nice song amid an orchestral backing track.
DANGER ON THE TRACK - Great Pop/Rock crossover track coming complete with screeching guitar and a keyboard.
NINJA - Sadly fails to deliver the high standards of this album, and is surely a filler here, its a little like the first album, a little bit too Rock standard with all the usual riffs and its pretty basic.
CHEROKEE - Was released internationally as a single but not in the UK and it reminds me of The Cult a little and also for some reason "Since You been Gone" by Rainbow, love this track though.
TIME HAS COME - Mix of fast tempo Rock streaming into an anthemic ballad with obligatory guitar solos abound with a simple but effective chorus.
HEART OF STONE - Typical 80s Rock, catchy chorus with the chug a chug of the guitar, mid song solo and light atmospheric keyboard backing. Classic Rock at its best.
ON THE LOOSE - Reminds me of early Heart and is easy going Pop Rock for the radio friendly listeners. Its catchy and could have easily been a hit single.
LOVE CHASER - This has a tiny snippet intro similar to "The Final Countdown" which is a perfect ending to the album. This final track is a slightly Fleetwood Mac/Heart influenced mid tempo song with catchy chorus and guitar solos.
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